Academic Integrity

The UW-System and its schools expect that students uphold a high level of academic integrity
UWS Administrative Code Chapter 14 is a set of policies and procedures regarding academic misconduct that all students are expected to follow while enrolled as a student of the UW-System. 


The Academic Misconduct process is outlined as follows:

Step 1 - An instructor suspects some form of academic misconduct occurred.

Step 2 - The instructor will offer to schedule a meeting with the student to discuss the allegation(s). During this meeting, be sure to: 

  • Be open and honest.
  • Explain the situation from your perspective.
  • Answer all of your instructor's questions.
  • Ask any questions that you might have.

Note: Should you choose not to meet with your instructor, they will still make a determination based on the information available to them.

Step 3 - The instructor will consider all of the information available to them and make a determination on whether academic misconduct took place.  

Step 4 - The instructor will write a letter outlining their findings and any applicable sanctions. Possible sanctions include:

"Group A" Sanctions

  • Oral or written reprimand
  • Assignment to repeat work

"Group B" Sanctions

  • Lower or failing grade on the assignment/exam
  • Lower or failing grade in the course
  • Removal from the course
  • Written reprimand placed in student's disciplinary file

"Group C" Sanctions*

  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Suspension or Expulsion 

Note: An instructor can choose more than one sanction for academic misconduct. The sanctions imposed can also be a mixture of sanctions from the multiple sanctioning groups listed above.

*See specifics below regarding the implementation of "Group C" sanctions.

Step 5 - The student will receive the formal findings letter via email and hard copy. This letter will contain:

  • The violation for which you were found responsible.
  • A summary of the evidence used to make that determination.
  • An outline of the sanctions deemed appropriate for the violation.
  • The appeal process should you choose to file an appeal of their decision.

Step 6 - Should the student choose to appeal the instructor's decision, you have 10 days from the issuance of the formal letter to request that a hearing be scheduled to review your case.

If your instructor suggests a group "C" sanction:

  • Your instructor will inform you of their decision via a formal letter outlining the appropriate sanction(s). This formal letter will contain:
    • The violation for which you were found responsible.
    • A summary of the evidence used to make that determination.
    • An outline of the sanctions recommended for the violation.
  • The formal letter will be forwarded to SCCS, who will create a student conduct case and conduct an investigation into the alleged misconduct. SCCS may meet with the student, the instructor, and any relevant witnesses in the course of their investigation. It is important that you communicate with SCCS and attend any scheduled meetings.
  • Once SCCS has concluded their investigation, they will prepare an investigative report outlining their findings and recommending sanctions, if necessary. SCCS will notify you of their findings via a formal letter. Possible outcomes of their investigation, should you be found responsible, include:
    • all sanctions from group A
    • all sanctions from group B
    • disciplinary probation* 
    • suspension** 
    • expulsion**

*If disciplinary probation is determined to be the appropriate sanction, you have 10 days from the date of the formal letter to request a hearing. If you choose not to request a hearing, the sanction is final. 

**If suspension or expulsion is determined to be an appropriate sanction, a hearing will be automatically scheduled with a hearing board or hearing examiner.

  • If a hearing must be automatically scheduled, or due to student request, a hearing will be scheduled on the student's behalf. Academic misconduct hearings are conducted by either a hearing board (two faculty/staff members and one student) or hearing examiner (one faculty/staff member).
  • After the academic misconduct hearing has concluded, the hearing board/examiner determines the student's responsibility for the violation(s). The student is notified of the decision within 14 days of the hearing.
    • If the student is found not responsible the case is closed and has no negative affect on the student's disciplinary conduct record.
    • If the student is found responsible for at least one violation, they are notified via a formal letter outlining the following:
      • the case findings
      • the Hearing Board/Examiner's rationale for their decision
      • all sanction information

The Hearing Process